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Walking on the gender tightrope: Unlocking ESG potential through CEOs' dynamic capabilities and strategic board composition

DOI zum Zitieren der Version auf EPub Bayreuth: https://doi.org/10.15495/EPub_UBT_00007469
URN to cite this document: urn:nbn:de:bvb:703-epub-7469-5

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Heubeck, Tim:
Walking on the gender tightrope: Unlocking ESG potential through CEOs' dynamic capabilities and strategic board composition.
In: Business Strategy and the Environment. (2023) . - pp. 1-20.
ISSN 1099-0836
DOI der Verlagsversion: https://doi.org/10.1002/bse.3578

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Abstract

This study explores the relationship between chief executive officers (CEOs) and the board of directors in the context of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance. Based on a multi-theoretical approach, it examines whether dynamic CEO capabilities (DCCs) facilitate ESG performance by enabling capable CEOs to navigate complex stakeholder expectations effectively. Additionally, the impact of board gender diversity (BGD) on this relationship is tested, given its significance for ESG-related decision-making. Longitudinal analysis of S&P 900 manufacturing firms demonstrates that strong DCCs positively influence ESG performance, supporting dynamic managerial capabilities and upper echelons theories within the institutional and shareholder theory frameworks. The findings also corroborate that BGD has a moderating effect, initially strengthening the DCC–ESG relationship, in line with gender socialization and diversity theories. However, the study reveals a threshold effect, where ESG benefits from DCCs diminish once BGD reaches approximately 35%, providing a new perspective on critical mass theory.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Keywords: board of directors; chief executive officer; corporate sustainability; dynamic managerialcapabilities; ESG; upper echelons theory
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Chair Business Administration IX - International Management/ Intercultural Management > Chair Business Administration IX - International Management/ Intercultural Management - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Reinhard Meckl
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Chair Business Administration IX - International Management/ Intercultural Management
Language: English
Originates at UBT: Yes
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:703-epub-7469-5
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2024 13:15
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2024 13:16
URI: https://epub.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/7469

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